To Horace Mann
Monticelli, and the Visconti are to sing to-night at a great assembly at Lady Conway's. I have not time now to write more: so, good night, my dearest child ! be in good spirits.
Yours most faithfully.
P.S. We have at last got Crebillon's Sofa ": Lord Chesterfield received three hundred, and gave them to be sold at White's. It is admirable! except the beginning of the first volume, and the last story, it is equal to anything he has written. How he has painted the most refined nature in Mazulhim! the most retired nature in Modes ! the man of fashion, that sets himself above natural sensations, and the man of sense and devotion, that would skirmish himself from their influence, are equally justly reduced to the standard of their own weakness.
64 To HOEACE MANN.
Feb. 18, 174J.
I WHITE to you more tired, and with more headache, than any one but you could conceive ! I came home at five this morning from the Duchess of Norfolk's masquerade, and was forced to rise before eleven, for my father, who came from Eichmond to take his seat in the Lords, for the Houses met to-day. He is gone back to his retirement. Things wear a better aspect; at the great meeting on Friday, at the Fountain, Lord Carteret and Lord Winchelsea* refused to go, only saying that they never dined at a tavern. Pulteney and the new Chancellor of the Exchequer went, and were abused by his Grace of Argyll. The former said he was content with what was already done, and would not be active
17 Le SopTia, "by Claude Prosper Jolyot de CnSMllon (1707-1777).
LETTEB 64.—* Daniel Finch. (1688-1769), second Earl of Winchelsea and. Nottingham; Lord of the Trea-
sury, 1715-16; Comptroller of the Household, 1725-80; First Lord of the Admiralty, 1742-44, April-July, 1757; K.GK, 1752; Lord President of the CouncU, 1765-66.